Doctor Who

Episode Report Card
Jacob Clifton: B- | 8 USERS: A
Joe Le Taxi

So keep that in mind, because I am going to try to stay focused on the story and not complain too much. If you liked the Library, you'll love this season. If you liked "Blink," no doubt you will love this season. But in the end, if you can't tell me what the story was about in three or four sentences, then it's not really about anything at all, besides a few pat tacked-on philosophical ideas about the indomitable human spirit. Which is a bummer.

Positive: We meet Amelia in a strangely bleak old house surrounded by creepy kid stuff: A pinwheel whirling in the night, TARDIS song mixed with lullaby tinkles, a ramshackle old swingset. Her front door is blue as a police box, and all the windows are dark, and she's praying to Santa. (Excellent.)

"Dear Santa. Thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you, but honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know it's not, because at night, there's voices. So please, please, could you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman? Or..."

So there's a little adorable girl, very pragmatic, with a mysteriously invisible aunt who needs supernatural home repair. Definitely a fairytale, which makes me more comfortable. And then, right on time, the Doctor shows up. (This is the last time he'll show up on time.) She hears the VWORP and a great crash, hits pause on her prayer -- "Back in a moment" -- and checks out the wreck of the TARDIS in her garden. Thanking Santa, she heads outside in her nightie. It's effectively magical, with yellow light coming out, and then the doors of the TARDIS, on her side, fly open. A rappelling hook comes flying out, burying itself in the ground rather than her cute little head, and a very wet Doctor makes his way out to grin at her.

He asks for an apple, happy about having "cravings" in this incarnation, and climbing awkwardly out. "Just had a fall. All the way down there, right to the library. Hell of a climb back up." They talk about how the swimming pool is in the library, way down there, and she seems to accept this after a few unimpressed looks at his manic self. The dimensional joke -- that with the TARDIS on her side, the direction of "in" goes infinitely back, which is down -- is fun, and one of the brainteaser things I really liked about "Blink." Changing frames of physical reference are a Moffat trademark, and something that takes full advantage of the capability of this show.

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